The St. Louis Blues on Monday signed goaltender Brian Elliott to a three-year contract extension. According to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the contract is worth $7.5 million. Elliott would have become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
The move also means goaltender Ryan Miller, acquired Feb. 28, will not return to the team. Miller will become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
"Brian will team up with Jake Allen next season to form our goaltending tandem," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said.
Elliott, 29, was 18-6-2 in 31 games this season while ranking second in the NHL with a 1.96 goals-against average and 11th in save percentage (.922) and shutouts (four).
He has spent the past three seasons with the Blues, including 2011-12 when he set single-season franchise records in GAA (1.56), save percentage (.940), and shutouts (nine) en route to sharing the 2012 Jennings Trophy with Jaroslav Halak.
In the past three seasons Elliott ranks second among goalies with at least 50 games played with a .680 win percentage (55-24-7), while his 16 shutouts not only lead the League but are tied for second in Blues franchise history.
Miller was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres along with forward Steve Ott in exchange for goaltenderJaroslav Halak, forward Chris Stewart, forward prospect William Carrier and conditional draft picks. Among those selections is the Blues' 2014 first-round pick, which St. Louis holds onto as long as it does not trade Miller's rights prior to make its first pick.
In 19 games with the Blues Miller went 10-8-1 with a 2.47 GAA and .903 save percentage. And in six Stanley Cup Playoff games against the Chicago Blackhawks he went 2-4-0 with a 2.70 GAA and .897 save percentage.
I won't be surprised to see the Ducks make a pitch at Miller.